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“Saturday Night Live” returned for its landmark fortieth season with a new announcer, a revived “Weekend Update” and a couple of digs at the National Football League. But the show continued to serve up something it largely avoided when it launched way back in 1975: The expected.
“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt altered the opening proceedings slightly when he gave a monologue that eschewed the traditional words about how great it is for the host to be in New York City, but then ended the segment on a business-as-usual tone by playing a ditty about hosting the program while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.
From there, the show – as it does most weeks – bounced along. Sketches featuring Taran Killam and Pratt as sexually hyperactive cartoon superstars He-Man and the Thundercats’ Lion-o was just strange enough to warrant a laugh and a fake commercial lampooning Marvel superhero movies was an obvious success. »
- Brian Steinberg
The New York Film Festival starts today, and with it critics and industry members will get their first look at Gone Girl and Inherent Vice, leaving only a few studio tent poles remaining throughout the fall. They’ll also get a renewed look at Mr. Turner, Foxcatcher, and Birdman, so expect those to be back in the conversation soon.
One of the most interesting barometers for predicting the race is Movie City News’ Gurus ‘O Gold chart, a poll of all the Oscar pundits to determine the top contenders to win. They made their picks before the festivals and now after them, and they’ve got Boyhood perched atop the pedestal with the sight-unseen Unbroken, Interstellar and Gone Girl rounding out the Top 10.
This week however, all the previous week’s ranking contenders are gone from the charts in this slow week between festivals. They’ll be back with a »
- Brian Welk
When you’re asked if you want to go to lunch with Adam Pally, the first thing you do is say yes. Then, from there, you and Adam can probably figure the rest of it out, in terms of what you want to talk about, what you can eat at 11 a.m., etc. In fact, your lunch might end up going a little something like this …
Having lunch at 11 a.m. can feel a bit odd, but it’s a fact that Pally will acknowledge before ordering lobster anyway.
Entertainment Weekly: So how are things going? When did you get here? »
- Samantha Highfill
"A Most Violent Year" is currently the dollar bid on "Price Is Right." Set for release at the tail end of December, A24 positioned J.C. Chandor's "All Is Lost" follow-up as the last awards contender of the year. But don't think the film will be hustling behind the competition: American Film Institute announced today that "A Most Violent Year" would have its World Premiere on Thursday, Nov. 6, as the Opening Night Gala of AFI Fest 2014, giving it nearly two months to slow boil that buzz. A recent trailer for the "Violent Year" showcased murky scene-chewing from stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, but the announcement gives us a clearer idea of exactly what Chandor's up to. Set in Winter 1981, the film tracks Abel and Anna Morales (Isaac and Chastain) as they "attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag »
- Matt Patches
Ty Burrell just scored his second Emmy for playing oblivious but lovable Phil Dunphy on “Modern Family,” but he can be seen on the bigscreen in a very different role — as a closeted gay man in the Sundance hit “The Skeleton Twins” opposite Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader.
How did the “The Skeleton Twins” come your way?
I’m a fan of the Duplass Brothers, who were producing, so I accepted; I guess they saw my inner repression. Actually, I loved the script, and I loved that Bill and Kristen were doing something
so different. It’s not something I’ve played before, either.
After Phil Dunphy, do you worry about typecasting?
It’s hard to worry too much about that when you’ve spent the bulk of your career unemployed. I’ve had a stable job that I’ve loved for six years. I will take that in exchange »
- Jenelle Riley
J C Chandor’s anticipated crime drama to get world premiere at La’s AFI Fest.
J C Chandor’s anticipated drama A Most Violent Year will get its world premiere as the opening night gala of AFI Fest, set to run from November 6-13.
The film is expected to become an awards season contender and stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain and Albert Brooks in the 1980s-set story about a couple trying to realise the American Dream against the backdrop of one of the most crime-ridden winters in New York City history.
“J C Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level”, said AFI Fest director Jacqueline Lyanga.
“Chandor is a talented director who takes risks with every film that he makes and A Most Violent Year is no exception. It is a great film with which to open the festival »
J.C. Chandor’s only got three feature films under his belt, but there’s a good chance every single one of them will wind up with some awards season glory. His feature directorial debut, Margin Call, earned him a Best Writing Oscar nod, then All Is Lost scored Robert Redford a Best Performance nomination at the Golden Globes and now we’ve A Most Violent Year poised to earn some acclaim of its own. The American Film Institute just announced that the movie will celebrate its world premiere as the Opening Night Gala of AFI Fest 2014. Hit the jump for more on A Most Violent Year. The film is set to hit theaters on December 31st and stars Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola and Albert Brooks. Isaac and Chastain lead as Abel and Anna Morales, a couple trying to hit it big in New York City in »
- Perri Nemiroff
There was no real surprise in this morning's announcement that J.C. Chandor's A Most Violent Year will have its World Premiere on Thursday, November 6, as the Opening Night Gala of 2014 AFI Festival. It, along with the likes of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper and Rupert Wyatt's The Gambler seemed like the best bets to open and/or premiere at the fest and I still wouldn't be surprised to see the other two added shortly. "J.C. Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level," said AFI Fest director said Jacqueline Lyanga. "Chandor is a talented director who takes risks with every film that he makes and A Most Violent Year is no exception. It is a great film with which to open the festival and begin the audience's eight-day journey through a landscape of extraordinary contemporary cinema. »
- Brad Brevet
Among our 10 Films We Haven’t Yet Seen That May Be Serious Oscar Contenders, J.C. Chandor's promising "A Most Violent Year" is certainly one that will likely give some of the current frontrunners (“The Theory of Everything,” “The Imitation Game,” “Foxcatcher,” “Birdman”) stiff competition. Now, the Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac starring film has a debut set. AFI Fest has announced that "A Most Violent Year" will have its world premiere as part of the Opening Night Gala on November 6th. The red carpet beforehand will see the likes of Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno, each co-starring in a movie about an immigrant trying to make his way in a violence plagued New York City in 1981. "A Most Violent Year" opens in limited release on December 31st. Watch the trailer here. Press release below. ----- For Immediate Release, Los Angeles, CA, September 24, 2014 – The American. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The last major film festival of the fall season announced its highly anticipated opening night film this morning, and it is J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year. That’s a bit of a surprise for the AFI Fest 2014 Presented By Audi, as it comes from upstart A24, a company looking to jump into the Oscar conversation in a big way with this high profile debut on November 6th at the TLC Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Since the film itself is being held back for an end-of-year eligibility run beginning December 31, the last possible day to enter the race, this will be a valuable showcase and self-starting slot to get noticed amidst all the bigger-name entries into the awards derby.
- Pete Hammond
J. C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year will have its world premiere as the opening night film at AFI Fest on Nov. 6. The film stars Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain as a couple contending with the crime-ridden New York City of 1981. Also starring Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, Elyes Gabel and Catalina Sandino Moreno, Year will be released by A24 on Dec. 31. "J.C. Chandor has put together a remarkable crime drama, which is also an immersive period piece and morality tale that resonates on an emotional level. Chandor is a talented director who takes
- Gregg Kilday
A Most Violent Year Trailer and Poster. J.C. Chandor‘s A Most Violent Year (2014) movie trailer, movie poster star Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, David Oyelowo, Alessandro Nivola, and Albert Brooks. A Most Violent Year‘s plot synopsis: “A Most Violent Year is a thriller set in New York City during the [...]
Continue reading: A Most Violent Year (2014) Teaser Trailer & Poster: NYC Crime Film »
- Rollo Tomasi
Ben Whishaw ("Cloud Atlas," "Skyfall") has been cast as the lead in the upcoming five-episode drama "London Spy" for BBC Two and Working Title Television. "Child 44" author Tom Rob Smith is penning the series.
Whishaw plays Danny, a hedonistic romantic who gets drawn into the dangerous world of British espionage. He falls for the anti-social Alex who suddenly disappears.
Kevin Connolly ("Entourage") is attached to star in the office comedy "Fantasy Life" which Fox has given a put-pilot commitment. The potential series is an adaption of Espn analyst Matthew Berry's best-selling book of the same name.
Connolly would play a regular guy who lands his ultimate dream job working in the fantasy sports department at a major sports network.
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- Garth Franklin
Today we have the trailer for the upcoming "A Most Violent Year," which comes from writer/director Jc Chandor (Margin Call, All is Lost) and stars Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks. Check it out below. Plot: Set during the winter of 1981 -- statistically one of the most crime-ridden of New York City's history -- the film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream, while the rampant violence, decay, and corruption of the day drag them in and threaten to destroy all they have built. The new movie is set to hit theaters on December 31st. Trailer: »
The New York première of Hossein Amini's debut feature The Two Faces Of January based on the Patricia Highsmith novel, starring Oscar Isaac, Viggo Mortensen, and Kirsten Dunst at the Sunshine Landmark Cinema was hosted by Kate and Laura Mulleavy of Rodarte with Derek Blasberg, Editor-at-Large of Harper's Bazaar.
Amini was the screenwriter of Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive, starring Ryan Gosling, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Cranston, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, and Iain Softley's The Wings Of The Dove which starred Helena Bonham Carter, Charlotte Rampling, Elizabeth McGovern and Michael Gambon.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Paul Reiser has signed on for a role in Scott Free and Sony's untitled football concussion movie. Will Smith is starring in the drama based on the GQ article "Game Brain" by Jeanne Marie Laskas. Described as a whistleblower tale, it follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), who discovered that major head injuries and life-long debilitating problems were facing NFL players because of repeated concussions. Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks and Beyond the Lights actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw have also recently signed on to the project. Reiser will play Dr. Elliot Pellman, the chair of the NFL medical committee, who
- Rebecca Ford
A Most Violent Year will expand nationwide throughout January 2015. It is understood the film will compete in all categories including Chastain in lead categories.
Chandor directed from his screenplay about the travails of an immigrant family in New York during winter 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city’s history.
Chandor’s All Is Lost opened in 2013 and earned a number of awards. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
J.C. Chandor is definitely on the rise, with a surprising amount of people favoring his dark horse Robert Redford film All Is Lost over Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity juggernaut in last year's "solo and in peril" sweepstakes. And A Most Violent Year definitely looks like it could be the film that really solidifies his place on the map. The film is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.” A24 has just released a trailer for the film that's incredibly intense and foreboding and surprisingly successful in making you feel like you know these characters already. Oscar Isaac is such a chameleon, I had to look twice to make sure this was in fact the same Isacc from Inside Llewyn Davis. And of course »
- Evan Dickson
J.C. Chandor's “A Most Violent Year” starring Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain joins the Oscar race with a Dec. 31 release date in New York and Los Angeles, with plans to roll out wide in January 2015. Set during in crime-ridden New York in 1981, the film follows the lives of an immigrant and his family as they attempt to capitalize on the American Dream while rampant violence, decay, and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built. Also read: Oscar Isaac in Talks to Replace Javier Bardem in J.C. Chandor's ‘A Most Violent Year’ Albert Brooks co-stars in the film, »
- Gina Hall
It's the dread December 31st just-barely-Oscar-qualifying release for Jc Chandor's curiosity A Most Violent Year. We had seen virtually nothing until today but now the poster, the teaser, a new website newyorkcity1981.com and the release date. We hear the acting is topnotch but then with that cast (Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain, Albert Brooks, David Oyelowo, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Alessandro Nivola, Christopher Abbott, Elizabeth Marvel, etcetera), why wouldn't it be?
Here's the teaser. Let us hope releasing a movie called that on New Year's Eve isn't a horrific omen for the good health of 2015.
- NATHANIEL R
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